9 Nov 2016

FAST FIX: Hailing a David over Goliath campaign, solar advocates celebrate defeat of Florida’s Amendment 1

Written by Jim Pierobon

After it securing only 51% of votes — short of the needed 60% — here are the most on-point reactions by solar advocates who hailed Amendment 1’s defeat as a “true David and Goliath battle.”

Tory Perfetti, chairman of Floridians for Solar Choice and director of Conservatives for Energy Freedom:
“Today, as a coalition representing every part of Florida’s political spectrum,. With God’s blessing and the hard work of every member of Floridians for Solar Choice, we won against all odds and secured a victory for energy freedom. This is a win for the people and I could not be more honored to be a part of this historic victory as Chairman of Floridians for Solar Choice.”

florida-amendment-1-solar-ballot-summaryPatrick Altier, president of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association:
“This diverse group of supporters rallied together to defeat a powerful foe with unlimited funds. We were on the RIGHT side of the issue and we beat a deceitful amendment with the MIGHT of the Florida voter. Floridians want more rooftop solar and want the monopoly utilities to end their attacks on clean energy, small business and freedom of energy choice.”

Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and board member of Floridians for Solar Choice:
“Today was truly a Solar Uprising. For the second time this year, Florida voters have seen the light – first by supporting Amendment 4 this summer lowing burdensome taxes on solar power and now by defeating the utility-backed attempt to choke off customer-owned solar with the deceptively-worded Amendment 1. The Sunshine State voters have spoken clearly: they want more solar friendly policies and the freedom to harness the sun’s power for the benefit of all Floridians and not just the monopoly utilities.”

Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida:
“Congratulations to Florida voters for refusing to be tricked by the monopoly utilities who spent millions to and deceive them. Thankfully, voters were no hoodwinked by big money and slick words. And once voters get informed, they spread the word and they vote. What a waste of $26 million that could have been used to truly build solar in our state.”

Diverse groups from the Christian Coalition to the Everglades Coalition and the Tea Party Network to Florida’s AFL-CIO comprised this coalition of unlikely bedfellows. In addition to such varied support, a final total of 41 newspapers urged voters to reject Amendment 1.

You can read more reactions here, courtesy of Floridians for Solar Choice.

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